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@FootyFan26 i'm glad you've come on RO before bed tonight. maybe our turning negatives into positives thread could help you before you go to bed?


it must be tough Smiley Sad


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The funny thing is, I know no matter how tired I am i will crush into the bed after I finish my last exam and only to wake up 6 hours later xD
And thanks!

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What are you going to do this week to make sure you get the right amount of sleep?


Nothing.  I don't need much sleep so any amount of sleep is sufficient enough for me except for none!Smiley Indifferent


Maybe getting off the computer earlier could help though.


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@FootyFan26 you can always make a post in our hanging out or everyday life stuff sections too if you want to keep chatting tonight after GR.


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Stay strong @FootyFan26 you are reaching out which is so important.
**Believe in the power of you because you are your own hero**

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Thanks @lanejane.

I've tried that but can nearly never think of any positives. My last one was:
Neg: Gonna get a bad report
Pos: Gonna beat my record for amount of 0's

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Mate personal piece of advice, most parents are the best people to talk to about your troubles. The things you went through in school, they probably experienced too. I didnt realize this until my old man started to tell me his school life and I thought, OMG THAT HAPPENED TO ME TOO! I know it sounds scary, but trusting in your parents is probably the safest thing to do. On a good note, GO KICK HSC IN THE BUTT!!


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sure @lanejane I shouldn't stay up too late though. I need to get some sleep!!!!! Smiley Wink


Pun totally intended


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@FootyFan26 if you need to talk about it just yell out ok? i'll be here Smiley Happy
//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

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Well guyssssss - the time has come.




Thanks for an amazing discussion tonight guys!! You all had some amazing tips and I really hope we are all leaving tonights session understanding a bit more of the (mainly positive!) impact sleep has on our lives!


To summarize tonight, we started off with some cool quick facts and learnt some interesting things! Some of which we didn't know and which surprised us a lot! If you missed the beginning, they were that:

A. Teenagers, on average, need about 9 hours sleep a night.
B. After missing a night's sleep, driving skills are similar to those of someone who is drunk driving.
C. Ideally, naps should be around 20 minutes long.

We then chatted about our own sleeping patterns ways that we know we probably haven’t had enough sleep. This includes:
- stress, over thinking, anxiety
- poor time management
- being upset
- relationship problems


Did you know about 90% of young people are sleep deprived! SO it’s no wonder sometimes we have a tough day at school or work!

We all seem to agree that sleep is great for us and has MANY benefits including:
- mood
- we get along better with people
- concentration/motivation
- we look better with sleep and as a result feel more confident!
- motor skills and our general wellbeing

We also discussed our sleeping rituals and things that we like to do to help us sleep. Remember some of these mightn't work for you but might help others!


Some of our ideas include:
- getting into a pre-sleep routine to calm you down. E.g. no technology, have a shower.
- having no technology in your room, especially your phone
- sprinkling lavender oil on your pillow.
- ear plugs if you are sensitive to noise.
- sleeping mask if it's light outside.
- progressive muscle, berating and visualisation techniques and meditation to help relax you
- getting out of bed if you can't sleep and doing something else (lying in bed for hours is NOT helpful!)
- using your bed only for sleep.
- listening to calming music before bed.
- clearing your mind (write down what is worrying you before you go to bed).
- make sure the room is the right temperature for you

We also chatted about tips for people who may be struggling with their sleep which included:


- Try to create a routine for yourself to make sure you've done everything you need to and are in bed at a certain time.

- Try and cut down on food, alcohol and caffeinated drinks before bed.

- Do some exercise during the day to help you be tired later but try not to exercise before bed because it releases adrenaline which makes you more alert.

- Try not to look at any bright lights half an hour to an hour before because they give a signal to your brain that there's still light and you should be working.

- Try and do something that relaxs you before bed. Eg - read a book, stretch, shower... whatever floats your boat.

- Listen to some light tunes or the sound of whales talking

- Count sheep! (you never know!)


Remember if your sleeping problems are continuing for a long time, it's important that you talk to a health professional - your GP or a psychologist. There are heaps of other things that can help you get a good nights sleep that they can help you with!


Well – thanks again everyone. It's been a really informative session. For more information check out the Reach Out factsheets on sleep!


Recharge sleep app:

Sleep problems:

What’s a normal amount of sleep?

Getting a good nights sleep:

All about sleep disorders: